Realize your potential to lead.

The Ed.D. in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University offers comprehensive training in the complex skill set required of today’s most innovative and effective organizational leaders. This fully online doctoral program is for experienced professionals — from the education, healthcare, government, military, corporate and nonprofit sectors — seeking evidence-based strategies for managing a diverse workforce, using technology and data effectively, and driving transformative organizational change.

The online Ed.D. in Leadership and Management can be completed in three years, including all coursework, the dissertation and oral defense. You will progress through the program as part of a cohort that includes fellow Ed.D. candidates from government agencies, higher education, fire and police departments, K-12 schools and healthcare organizations. Together you will learn from highly experienced instructors about the theory and practice of ethical leadership, strategic management, financial accountability, and how to use research and data analysis to improve performance and outcomes in any organization.

If you already hold a master’s degree and want to bolster your leadership and management expertise, learn more about this powerful online Ed.D. from St. Thomas.

Outcomes

Upon completing the online Ed.D. in Leadership and Management, St. Thomas graduates possess transformational leadership skills, including the abilities to:

  • Respond to the changing needs of diverse organizations
  • Participate in managing and leading private corporations, public organizations, educational institutions and systems and nonprofit agencies
  • Develop leadership and management skills and effective team-oriented approaches to teaching and learning in order to maximize the performance achievements of all learners
  • Demonstrate scholarly behaviors such as reflection and problem solving with skills for designing, critiquing and implementing research relevant to effective practice

Courses

St. Thomas University’s Ed.D. in Leadership and Management is a 60 credit-hour online degree program, plus dissertation and defense. Courses are five weeks in length, and degree completion is possible in as little as 2 ½ to 3 years.

Ed.D. in Leadership and Management Course Sequence (60 Credit Hours)

Leadership and Management
60 credits
EDL 821 (3)
Qualitative Research
This course explores the methods and procedures used in qualitative research. Topics include the philosophical basis for the method, the conceptualization of research questions, and selection of appropriate research designs, data collection data, manual and computerized data analysis, and the drawing of inferences.
EDL 820 (3)
Quantitative Research
This course examines theory and practice in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of experimental, quasi-experimental and survey procedures for research and evaluation of programs. Development of basic skills required in the understanding, planning and executing of a research study will be covered. Multivariate statistical techniques commonly used in social research are introduced as well as the development of skills in survey design and scale construction, and in parametric and nonparametric statistical analysis. Advanced skills in the use of statistical analysis software (SPSS) are also provided.
EDL 803 (3)
Information Management
This course will prepare students to use a variety of information management systems applications in management and administration. Students will become familiar with data communications, the Internet, multimedia other forms of technology and the applications of each to the field of leadership and management.
EDL 801 (3)
Theory and Practice of Leadership
In this course, students will analyze Eastern and Western theories and styles of leadership. Follower motivation, sources of power, change processes, group dynamics, and the characteristics and abilities associated with effective leadership will also be examined. In keeping with the mission of St. Thomas University, students in this course will explore the diversity of leadership theory and the impact of diversity on leadership.
MAN 813 (3)
Leading a Learning Organization
Organizations are systems within which humans are continually developing structures that influence their action. This course helps students to become designers and members of organizations which engage in practices that encourage organizational learning. Students will examine ways that organizations create learning cultures, as well as leadership strategies that foster growth, creativity, and risk-taking while managing innovation, change, and future planning.
EDL 805 (3)
Strategic Management of Global Change
This course will prepare students to restructure and create empowering environments in their organizations. A body of research will be reviewed to provide an empirical framework that can be used to draw conclusions about strategic management and leadership in organizations striving to provide an empowering environment in the 21st Century.
EDL 880A (2)
Qualifying Paper
The Qualifying Paper (QP) is a substantial document in which the student reviews, summarizes, and integrates relevant leadership and management literature in order to provide a synopsis of the "state-of-the-art" regarding a specific topic relevant to the fields of leadership studies and management. Students will address this substantive topic from multiple points of view. This could include a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic or an evaluation of the topic from a variety of approaches within a single field.
EDL 815 (3)
Public Policy, Leadership and Management
This course examines various approaches to developing and managing and public policy. It is intended primarily for leaders who are department heads, policy developers, managers and executive officers in business, higher education, schools, school boards, government and statutory agencies responsible for formulating or managing policies.
EDL 804 (3)
Management of Crisis and Change
Drawing on a five-phase model of the change process, this course uses real-world examples to examine the discovery, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of educational innovations and improvements.
MAN 808 (3)
Human Resources Development and Management
Human resource management belongs in all organizations. In the 21st Century, human resource management has become an active participant in charting the strategic course an organization must take, in order to remain competitive, productive and efficient. The course examines the skills an HR manager must employ to be an effective diagnostician and problem solver.
EDL 880B (2)
Qualifying Paper
The Qualifying Paper (QP) is a substantial document in which the student reviews, summarizes, and integrates relevant leadership and management literature in order to provide a synopsis of the "state-of-the-art" regarding a specific topic relevant to the fields of leadership studies and management. Students will address this substantive topic from multiple points of view. This could include a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic or an evaluation of the topic from a variety of approaches within a single field.
MAN 809 (3)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation and Entrepreneurship revolves around the concept that innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship; and that it is organized, systematic rational work. Sources for innovative opportunities are many and varied and are found within the changing environment. The course is designed to provide a deep grounding in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship to students whose goal is to play a leading role in an innovation-driven environment.
MAN 819 (3)
Managing Performance
Managing Performance or Performance Management includes organizational activities that ensure that goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. It can focus on the performance of an organization, a department, an employee, customers or a process. This course enables students to assess the tools used to effectively manage performance in organizations.
EDL 806 (3)
Fiscal and Economic Accountability in Leadership
A study of the significant issues embedded in questions of fiscal and economic accountability in Leadership Management beginning with a treatment of personal ethical development, moving to the practice of Leadership Management, the issues of pluralism, and concluding with an ethical approach to decision making in these areas.
EDL 892A (2)
Dissertation
This course is designed to guide students through the various stages of the dissertation process beginning with the development of a proposal and ending with a successful dissertation defense.
MAN 807 (3)
Ethics, Corporate Control and Governance
The course is concerned with issues of ownership, control, ethics and accountability. It employs a stakeholder management framework, emphasizing business' social and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal stakeholder groups. It illustrates how ethical or moral considerations are included in the public issues facing organizations and the decision making process of managers.
MAN 814 (3)
Cross Cultural Relations in Management
This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems with particular attention given to controversial issues that are common in the work place. Included in this course will be the emphasis of theory, structure, and the effective practice of diversity and its application as a director, manager, employee, student and faculty of academic organization who are involved in a diversified workforce.
MAN 817 (3)
Managing Social Media in Organizations
Social media for all organizations consist of a range of web-based applications that allow anyone to disseminate information to online communities. The main focus of this course is for students to assess the role of a social media presence in creating an online social or extended community for an organization's current clients; employees and friends, promote an awareness of the organization among potential clients, expand the mission of the organization and build an identity and brand image.
EDL 892B (2)
Dissertation
This course is designed to guide students through the various stages of the dissertation process beginning with the development of a proposal and ending with a successful dissertation defense.
MAN 816 (3)
Consulting Management and Practice
This course enables students to assess real-world concerns and challenges, and using their knowledge, skills and aptitudes, evaluate strategies and solutions to resolve the challenges. The course also analyzes the consulting domain as it relates to internal and external barriers of organizations. Students will analyze, apply, synthesize, and evaluate consulting principles and practices through various instructional techniques. Additionally, students will evaluate the consulting process through case studies and research. The role of the consultant, project management concepts, and the application of key consulting methods and techniques will be evaluated.
EDL 892C (2)
Dissertation
This course is designed to guide students through the various stages of the dissertation process beginning with the development of a proposal and ending with a successful dissertation defense.
EDL 892D (2)
Dissertation
This course is designed to guide students through the various stages of the dissertation process beginning with the development of a proposal and ending with a successful dissertation defense.

Careers

The Ed.D. in Leadership and Management is excellent preparation for a wide variety of leadership and executive management roles within the education, corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Careers for our graduates include:

  • School superintendents, principals, program directors and supervisors
  • Deans, administrators and department chairs in institutions of higher education
  • Directors and administrators of state, federal, and international agencies
  • Corporate executives and managers in healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, technology and education sectors
  • Corporate trainers, human resources managers and professional development executives
  • Directors and supervisors of educational services in for-profit corporations and nonprofit agencies
  • Community-based education organizers